'Music to Eat Pizza By'


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This item has been on the record-album blog Vinyl from Hell since 2009, but FoS and Twin Cities pizza fiend Aaron Landry recently hipped me to it. It's an old promotional album from 1967, put out by Jeno's Pizza. Here's VfH on the history:

For those of you who aren't familiar with the story of Jeno's pizza, the company was once one of the largest employers in the city of Duluth, Minnesota. The owner, Luigino (Jeno) F. Paulucci, founded the company in 1967. Mr. Paulucci relocated his company in 1981 to a town in Ohio. At the time, Duluth already had an unemployment rate hovering around 20% so this didn't help Paulucci's popularity. The company was sold to Pillsbury in 1986 and despite the fact that Paulucci later returned to Duluth to form Luigino's, he's still vilified by many people in these parts for bailing out of Duluth during the severe recession of the early 1980s.

[Sample song, after the jump.]

This album comes from a happier time in the company's history. I'm not sure how many of these were given away, but while researching the background of the Duluth Accordionaires, I noticed that this album is fairly popular with other album blog sites. The pizza on the cover looks like very cheap frozen pizza which is exactly what Jeno's was. (Author's opinion, please don't sue me).

Not only does VfH give the interesting history of the record, it offers the complete download there — you know, if you want music to eat pizza by. It's a little cheesy (pun intended) — here's a sample:

Neapolitan Memories Medley [mp3]

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